Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain — March 4, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. today announced
the availability of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview — the next milestone of the Windows
operating system. This latest preview will be made available for download starting
today at http://preview.windows.com. The
Windows 8 Consumer Preview offers a more robust experience for testing the world’s
most popular operating system and is available to the widest range of people yet
following the initial release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview late last year.
The Developer Preview received more than 3 million downloads.
“With Windows 8, we reimagined the different ways people interact with their PC
and how to make everything feel like a natural extension of the device, whether
using a Windows 8 tablet, laptop or all-in-one,” said Tareq Hijazi, country manager
for Microsoft in the Sultanate of Oman and Kingdom of Bahrain. “The Windows 8 Consumer
Preview brings a no-compromises approach to using your PC.”
At a Windows 8 Consumer Preview event in Barcelona that was attended by partners
from Europe and around the world, the company shared some key new updates in the
Windows 8 Consumer Preview:
- Broad range of product changes and improvements. Since the Developer Preview
in September, designed to preview the programming platform, Windows 8 has progressed
across every dimension. From completing the user experience for touch, keyboard
and mouse to refining the development platform, the Consumer Preview improves performance,
quality and reliability across all subsystems. With the added features, it represents
a more complete view of the capabilities of Windows 8.
- Windows Store with new apps. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview marks the beta
opening of the Windows Store, which is filled with a variety of new Metro style
apps from both third-party developers and Microsoft. During the Consumer Preview,
these apps are available to try and experience at no cost to users. The Windows
Store will offer personalized recommendations, and Windows 8 gives users the ability
to take their apps and settings with them across multiple PCs, making it easy to
discover and try new apps while offering developers the greatest opportunity of
- Connecting to the cloud across Windows-based PCs and Windows Phone. The Windows
8 Consumer Preview offers seamless integration with the content people care about
across their devices. An optional additional sign-on with a Microsoft account provides
access to a host of features, including the ability to roam all settings, use cloud
storage, communicate with email, calendar and contacts, and connect to a broad range
of services. Your connection to the cloud works across your Windows-based PCs and
your Windows Phones.
- Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 5. The best way to experience the Web
on Windows is with Internet Explorer 10. The browser has been re-imagined to create
a new experience designed specifically for Windows 8 devices. It provides an edge-to-edge
user interface that is all about less browser and more Web. Fast and fluid, Internet
Explorer is hardware-accelerated to enable Web performance.
- Preview of new hardware capabilities. At the event, Microsoft also showcased
Windows 8 running on a wide range of new x86- and ARM-based reference hardware.
This hardware will be available to select developers for trial and testing as previously
The Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be available worldwide for download in English,
French, German, Japanese and simplified Chinese languages. More information about
Windows 8 and how to download the Consumer Preview is available at
http://preview.windows.com or http://windowsteamblog.com.
For more information
Marketing Manager – Microsoft Oman and Bahrain
Lina Al Desouky
Tel: + 9714 321 0077